How to Use the Gmail SMTP Server to Send Emails for Free

Sending emails using Gmail SMTP

Gmail is well-known for its simple UI and essential features such as search operators and add-ons. Gmail’s SMTP server, on the other hand, may be used for a lot more.

You can use other email applications, such as Outlook or Thunderbird, to send emails from your Gmail account via the Gmail SMTP server. But, more crucially, you can send emails from your WordPress site using Gmail’s SMTP server. For no cost!

This is a fantastic approach to improve the reliability of your WordPress site’s emails without having to pay for a dedicated email sending provider. You may send up to 500 emails every day with Gmail, which is more than enough for most WordPress sites.

Sending emails using Gmail SMTP

On Gmail, you may add any ImprovMX alias as a sending email. It only takes a minute to get everything set up!

1. Make sure you have 2FA enabled

For this method to work, you need to have two-factor authentification enabled for your Google account. If it’s not, follow the link below and set it up.

2. Create an App Password

Google will verify your ownership with this app password. Select “Mail” under app, and “Mac” under device. Hit “Generate”. Copy and keep for later

3. Add your email to Gmail

Go to Gmail -> Settings -> Accounts and Import. Then, select “Add another email address you own” under Aliases.

4. Fill in your sender’s information

Set your forwarded email (your alias) and your sender’s name. Untick “treat as an alias”.

5. Fill in your email informations

SMTP is smtp.gmail.com, port is right already.
Username is your gmail address (incl. @gmail.com)
Password is the password you generated on Step 2.
Leave TLS enabled as is

6. Confirm ownership

You will receive an email from GMail asking you to confirm ownership with a code. Fill in the code in the popup modal, and you are all set!

7. Send emails from your alias

Now you can just select your alias in the list when you compose a new message.

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